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- Book 1 of 2 in Program (2 Book Series)
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Right from the beginning the program annoys me in how high risks are decided. I see why people are concerned... But they are asked these daily questions such as "Are you overwhelmed or lonely?" Who isn't, once in a while at least, 1 of those things. Ugh...they need a better set of standards to filter people. You can't cry in public that is bad. If you know someone who died that is bad and if you dare contact with someone just out of The Program, WATCH OUT!
The Program is there to take away teens that an adult considers a suicide risk (see the paragraph above for what can quickly get you there). The take you in and six weeks later you are re-introduced to society, happier than ever. Sounds good, right? Except for one major catch. The Program strips you of many of your memories. So students return not knowing their classmates and friends.
Sloane has had one of her good friends taken away. Not she only has 2 left. One of them is her steady boyfriend James. But when she losses them what happens to her? You got it...into The Program. For this I hate her mother. I understand not wanting to lose your daughter but just because others are gone does not okay what she does. I can't say too much without spoiling things so I will leave it off there.
Now I get that suicide is bad. I get wanting to get it under control but there is one thing that is in this book adults seem to have no control over. QuikDeath. A drink you take that will kill you in minutes.Read more ›
Reading The Program was like a breath of fresh air in the YA world. So much of this book reminded me of MATCHED, and yet at the same time it didn't. Even the simplistic cover reminded me a bit of it. You've got two people, standing together in solidarity in what seems to be Program uniforms. In the book we have Sloane, fighting against Society for not only her memories but also her friends and family. I don't want to spoil too much, but at times she's even fighting against herself it seems.
Young tackles some pretty deep issues in The Program with everything from teenage love, depression to even sex. The last part surprised me a bit as I couldn't really remember the last, if any, young adult book I read that directly mentions sex like this one does. And I think that's what made this book even more relatable. Young doesn't shy away from these teen issues that are relevant even today. She gets what teens are like, and that comes across so well in the voice of the characters.
The book is set in three parts, each as riveting as the next. There wasn't a single moment in this book where I felt bored or unsure of where things were going. I loved the experience of getting to read this one and can see it as a book I would gladly even re-read.
First off, there's an important point that I think needs to be driven home to any author who is thinking about writing a book in this genre: a dystopia should be built from the ground up and then peopled with characters who provide a lens for examining the dystopia. This book, like many of the other young adult novels I've read lately, misses the mark entirely. The characters in this book feel like they were plopped into the middle of the dystopia. Dystopians should be all about gradually peeling back the layers of a supposedly perfect society, so that the reader is shocked and horrified by what they see, so shocked and horrified that it makes them think long and hard about whatever aspect of society the dystopia is exploring. The characters in the dystopia should not run around talking about how awful the dystopia is--because it's not a dystopia. What makes a dystopia a dystopia is the fact that it seems to be perfect until the characters either gradually realize it isn't or until the reader does, due to the casual way in which the characters navigate their world, a world that strikes the reader as utterly foreign.
The Program could have done this, it really could have.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The world of The Program is a scary one to imagine. Teen suicide is rampant and parents are willing to go to extremes to protect their children. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Heather Pearson
I suppose that, no longer being a teenager, I have a hard time returning to that stage of my life and remembering what it was like. Read morePublished 20 days ago by L M Sable
I know my title probably is something of a contradiction. It was a really well written compelling read though it's a depressing thought that this what the world has come to in this... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Katt1981
I have mixed feelings about this book. I did like it — the premise was unique, that depression and suicide is an almost viral epidemic among teenagers and needs to be treated by... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Coreena McBurnie
Not my usual genre but a very interesting story. Quite imaginative but realistic. I would recommend this book for those who just love to read.Published 1 month ago by Leanne
This book is fine - Nothing spectacular, but nothing horrible. Up until the very end, I probably could have put down the series and stopped with this one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Casey S
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